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by Mark Zalewski
February 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.
Organisers of the Three Days De Panne-Koksijde race has signed a lengthy 10 year agreement with Belgian events company Golazo, in part to help it remain on its race dates, March 28-30 this year. There is speculation of a clash with the Flanders Classics organisers, which had been in talks with the De Panne organisers about moving the date with its Dwars door Vlaanderen WorldTour race.
Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick Step) winning a stage of the 2016 Driedaagse De Panne Koksijde.
“We signed an agreement for 10 years,” said race chairman Bruno Dequeecker. “We remain committed to the 13th week of the year. Our course stands on tradition. For 41 years now we have organized on the same date. We could not come to an agreement with Flanders Classics.
“For clarity, I would like to add that the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde was not taken over by Golazo, but we have a close cooperation which ensures that we can increase our budget.”
The Three Days De Panne-Koksijde is held the week before the Tour of Flanders, but Dwars door Vlaanderen, organised by the same group as De Ronde, was seeking to move to that Wednesday.
“We have already raised our case to UCI president Cookson,” Dequeecker said. “We have a strong case and rely on the neutrality of the federation president Tom Van Damme, who already has a favorable view concerning the calendar change.”
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